Updated: May 27, 2021
We are continuing to monitor the deteriorating political situation. The Ethiopian election is scheduled for June 5, 2021, but is overshadowed by war and massacres in more than one part of the country.
That said, we are heartened by the recent announcement from the State Department that Jeffrey Feltman will serve as the U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa. "This appointment underscores the Administration’s commitment to lead an international diplomatic effort to address the interlinked political, security, and humanitarian crises in the Horn of Africa. Of particular concern are the volatile situation in Ethiopia, including the conflict in Tigray; escalating tensions between Ethiopia and Sudan; and the dispute around the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. At a moment of profound change for this strategic region, high-level U.S. engagement is vital to mitigate the risks posed by escalating conflict while providing support to once-in-a-generation opportunities for reform."
We will keep you informed if our girls are directly affected. We will continue to support our current girls and work to expand our reach. They need us more than ever now.